Monthly Archives: May 2011

Third plan for Columbia Basin dams and wild salmon might still have holes, Judge James A. Redden warns

By Scott Learn
The Oregonian

Federal Judge James A. Redden’s potential swan song hearing on the Northwest’s highest-profile salmon case Monday was short but not particularly sweet.

Redden, 82, has presided over the U.S. District Court case since 2003. He has twice rejected government plans to operate hydropower dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers while protecting seven thin runs of salmon and steelhead above Bonneville Dam. He’s expected to rule on the third plan soon. Read More

 

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Habitat restoration soars on Columbia River, but fish benefits are murky

By Scott Learn
The Oregonian

CHINOOK, Wash. — This winter, restoration workers punched a 12-foot concrete culvert through the rock rip-rap that lines the Columbia River near the ocean and waited for fish to hit wetlands walled off for a century.

They didn’t have to wait long.

On March 15, the first check, biologists counted 20 juvenile salmon. On April 29, the count totaled 723, mostly chinook and chum. Read More

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